Pakistan missile test fails, crashes in Sindh seconds after launch

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Islamabad: Residents of Jamshoro in Pakistan’s Sindh province on Thursday saw an unidentified flying object with a tail of smoke falling from the sky. The object apparently resembled a rocket or missile.

According to information received from social media, the object was a missile, which was fired by Pakistan from its test range in Sindh. The test, scheduled for 11 a.m., was postponed by an hour due to a TEL (Transporter Erector Launcher) fault. It was finally organized in the afternoon.

However, seconds after launch, the missile was seen derailing, clearly falling short of its intended target and crashing near Thana Bula Khan in Sindh.

Although some news channels in Pakistan covered the incident, the country’s officials are silent. According to social media accounts in Pakistan, the local administration, however, denied any such claim, saying it was a regular mortar tracer round fired from close range.

However, it is unlikely that a mortar with a maximum range of 5 km would have the tracer projectile so high.

According to a reporter from Pakistan’s ARY news channel, there were reports of a “plane, rocket or something like that” falling. He said that the police is probing the matter.

Pakistani news agency The Conflict News Pakistan reported that Pakistan may have tested the missile in retaliation for the previous missile fired by mistake from India.

Conflict News Pakistan tweeted, “Jamshoro, Pakistan tests a missile in retaliation to the previous Indian BrahMos missile. Pakistani missile failed to reach its target and fell nearby.”

A Pakistani defense analyst account named AEROSINT Division PSF posted on its Twitter handle,

“Aliabad, Jamshoro, Sindh. With regard to the video being published on social media, the area around this city has its own testing range active. There is no reason to create panic.”

The Pakistani Defense Analyst account further stated that a prior notice declaring a no-fly zone in the test area was issued. It said “a NOTAM was already issued”, and attached the NOTAM issued to airlines with a map showing the projectile’s possible path.

In the NOTAM, the details of the test schedule have been specified in which the dates are mentioned on 17th and 18th March. NOTAMs or Notices to Airmen are notices delivered via telecommunications containing information relating to the installation, condition or change in any aeronautical facility, service, procedure or hazard, the timely knowledge of which is essential for personnel related to flight operations.

First published:18 March 2022, 10:14 am

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